Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Specialty plates

Florida Statutes

Fla. Stat. Sec. 320.08053.
   Sec. 320.08053.  Requirements
for requests to establish specialty license plates.
(2) If the specialty
license plate requested by the organization is approved by law, the organization
must submit the proposed art design for the specialty license plate to the
department, in a medium prescribed by the department, as soon as practicable,
but no later than 60 days after the act approving the specialty license plate
becomes a law. If the specialty license plate requested by the organization is
not approved by the Legislature, the application fee shall be refunded to the

(3) The department shall adopt rules providing viewpoint-neutral specifications
for the design of specialty license plates that promote or enhance the
readability of all specialty license plates and that discourage

Personalized plates

Sec. 320.0805.  Personalized prestige license plates.
(4) The
department is authorized to reject requests deemed by it to be objectionable,
and the department is further authorized to recall, during a registration
period, any issued personalized license plate determined by it to be obscene or
otherwise objectionable.


Women's Emergency Network v. Bush, 323 F.3d 937, 940 (11th
Cir., 2003). The Women’s Emergency Network appealed a district court’s
dismissal of its First Amendment claims against the State of Florida for lack of
standing. The group challenged Florida’s authorization of “Choose Life”
specialty license plates and the state’s directing of funds from their sale to
groups providing adoption services (“pursuant to Fla. Stat. Sec.
320.08058(30)”). “We agree with the district court that [Women's Emergency
Network] lack standing to bring their constitutional challenges to the Florida
statute, and we therefore affirm the district court's opinions,” the 11th
Circuit said.